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Why Studying Justin Bieber Will Shape America’s Education Future

Forbes – Derek Newton

“You’ve almost certainly heard of Justin Bieber. You probably have not heard of inquiry-based education, but you will. It’s becoming the new normal in teaching and learning and it represents a quantum shift from quantitative approaches to education—practices that centered on testing, standards, measured curriculum benchmarks and learning specific facts about very specific things. Practices that, by and large, have not proven to work too well.” (more)

Four Things You Need To Know About STEM And Education For 2020

Forbes – Talia Milgrom-Elcott

“If 2018 was the year that teachers walked out, scientists and teachers ran for office in unprecedented numbers, and the news was filled with a steady stream of reports on the value of a STEM degree, and 2019 was the year that the public’s respect for teachers grew, walkouts waned, education was increasingly defined by its relationship to the (STEM) workforce, and more schools started to integrate soft skills because of a growing focus on the whole child, what does 2020 have in store for us? This week, my organization, 100Kin10, will release its annual Trends Report, a synthesis of thousands of data points that predict trends and “look-aheads” that will define STEM and education in 2020. Here’s the exclusive sneak peek:” (more)

If you can read this headline, you can read a novel. Here’s how to ignore your phone and just do it

The Conversation – Judith Seaboyer

“Public anxiety about the capacity of digital-age children and young adults to read anything longer than a screen grab has come to feel like moral panic. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest we must take such unease seriously. In 2016, the US National Endowment for the Arts reported the proportion of American adults who read at least one novel in 2015 had dropped to 43.1% from 56.9% in 1982. In 2018, a US academic reported that in 1980, 60% of 18-year-old school students read a book, newspaper or magazine every day that wasn’t assigned for school. By 2016, the number had plummeted to 16%.” (more)

Why Are Some People Better at Learning Multiple Languages Than Others?

Gizmodo – Daniel Kolitz

“Some people pick up languages like colds, or sunburns—without effort, through simple immersion in the atmosphere. Others can’t hear the word ‘conjugate’ without flashing back, in shame, to the classrooms where they failed, so long ago, to shake the curse of monolingualism. What exactly is it that allows the first group to stride around making small talk in Spanish and reading Kafka in the German while the rest of us struggle with just one language? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of language experts to find out.” (more)

What Does ‘Innovation’ Mean in Early Education? Here’s How Government Leaders Answer

Ed Surge – Emily Tate

“It may have been the seventh time that the U.S. Department of Education hosted its annual ED Games Expo. But it was only the first that the event convened a room full of researchers, entrepreneurs and practitioners to showcase innovations in early childhood development and learning. While the ED Games Expo features a range of learning games and technologies supported by the federal government, the early learning showcase provided a space for experts and advocates to share ideas, think critically and learn from one another, according to Melissa Brodowski, deputy director of the Office of Early Childhood Development at the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families and the event emcee.” (more)

A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

Education Next – Morgan S. Polikoff, Michael J. Petrilli and Tom Loveless

“The Common Core State Standards, released in 2010, were rapidly adopted by more than 40 states. Champions maintained that these rigorous standards would transform American education, but the initiative went on to encounter a bumpy path. A decade on, what are we to make of this ambitious effort? What kind of impact, if any, has it had on the quality of instruction and student learning—or is it too early to say?” (more)

When Is Lunar New Year 2020, & How Can You Honor This Holiday?

Romper – Abi Berwager Schreier

“Ashamedly, I was today years old when I found out the Lunar New Year was the same thing as the Chinese New Year, a holiday every kid remembers reading about in elementary school. I’d love to celebrate Lunar New Year 2020, partly because of the meaning in the holiday, but also because I feel like I owe it to the world for not knowing it was the same thing as Chinese New Year. According to (and also the Chinese Calendar) this year, the Lunar New Year will be taking place on Saturday, January 25. And even cooler? This year’s animal is the Metal Rat, which means it should be a lucky year, the website noted.” (more)

Books Best Practice for Reading Comprehension

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“Books have broad vocabulary and diverse language structures that are important for developing the ability to understand content. “Long, continuous texts with diverse and colorful vocabulary improve the skill to understand the content of the text,” says associate professor Minna Torppa. With other researchers of education and psychology from the universities of Jyväskylä, Turku, and Eastern Finland, she participated in a large project that studied children’s free-time reading habits and their effects. The results were published in the international journal Child Development.” (more)

How To Help Your Child Remember To Do Their Homework

Moms – Vandita Jadeja

“A lot of parents are under pressure to get their kids to do well in school. You might get anxious about the responsibility, but it is not your job to ensure that they do well in school. You might also get nervous about your kids succeeding in every area of their life. When in school, homework becomes a focus of concern. The battle to complete homework sometimes becomes a battle over control. The child starts fighting in order to have more control over the choices in life and as a parent, you feel it is your job to be in control of all things.” (more)